Job Desert

 

The View From North Philadelphia

"There was an old woman
who lived in a shoe...

The Job Desert

is filled with crowded, run down or abandoned houses. And danger. There's a downtown of opportunity within sight, but it's out of reach.

Urban sprawl in cities like Philadelphia has created a twisted "charm bracelet" of neighborhoods. Some are "charming", while others are less impressive.

Closed factories, warehouses, and uncared for single family homes that are located in or near tourist attractions or retail districts are rapidly converted into valuable rental, home and condo properties. For their residents, transportation for employment and recreation is a relatively small item in their family budget.

Job Deserts harbor unwanted, empty factories and warehouses, surrounded by homes that once housed low-waged workers. Those homes are now empty or crowded with many unemployed or disabled worker-wannabes. Most local, income-earning jobs are "sole proprietorships".

SEPTA does an exceptional job of providing access from every neighborhood of the city to every other neighborhood. Unfortunately, even their reasonably-priced fares prevent many entry level workers from applying for life-changing employment in other parts of the city.

A $5 round trip fare for a job interview can come at the cost of a family meal. If the interview results in employment, the fares for round trips every day until a first paycheck is received is an anticipated obstacle that can keep even the most motivated prospective employee from applying for a job that will ultimately be impossible to reach.

Expecting residents of some neighborhoods to walk even relatively short distances for work, at least until they get paid, can be hazardous to the walker's health. During daylight hours, some hangouts are too dangerous to walk past. Walking at night can be dangerous along the entire route.

 

 

Quenching The Thirst

 

 

The Employers Who List Jobs

on this site are partnering with their new employees.

They know that by providing transportation for interviews and for at least the first TWO pay periods they will find highly motivated trainees who want to learn and work. Managers won't have to pick up the slack of an unmotivated worker with these trainees.

There's also less chance of wasting the $5,000 plus that it ultimately costs a business to train even a minimum wage worker.

Partnering with workers who live in a Job Desert can save an employer thousands of dollars, and prevents disatisfaction among more seasoned employees who can rely on "the new guy" and not have to cover for his or her indifference.

Satisfied and motivated employees are the best marketing a business can have.

And Job Deserts that are transformed into bedroom communities are good for the entire city.